What they said on day 17 of the campaign

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WHAT THEY SAID ON DAY 17 OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

THE BEST LINE

"Pull your head in, Matt."

- Queensland LNP MP Michelle Landry on Nationals senator Matt Canavan saying the coalition's net-zero emissions target is "dead".

SCOTT MORRISON

"He has no magic pen to make your wages go up."

- On Anthony Albanese talking about higher wages under Labor.

"We did the hard yards to get everyone together and of course there'll be some who disagreed at the time, and I suspect they still will, but that doesn't change the government's policy."

- On the coalition's commitment to net-zero emissions.

LABOR CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN JASON CLARE

"Australians need more than just a one-off payment for one more vote."

- On the one-off $250 payments for six million low-income Australians set to start landing in people's bank accounts this week.

"This bloke is so out of touch, you'd need the Hubble (Space) telescope to find him."

- On Mr Morrison.

"The problem with this government is it's trapped in the past. Half the Liberal Party, most of the National Party, think climate change is what happens when you go to Hawaii for a holiday."

- On the coalition's net-zero policy.

THE SUPPORT CAST

"They have no plan to meet emissions reduction targets, they have no details, they have no costings. They're literally the vibe of the thing."

- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on independent candidates.

"Even by the incredibly low standards of this government, what Karen Andrews said was remarkably desperate and remarkably unhinged."

- Labor shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers on the home affairs minister suggesting China announced the Solomon Islands security deal to interfere with the federal election.

"(Labor has) a fantastic team. I am captain of a great team, and Jason is certainly better looking than I am, no question about that. We have a great team and we are ready to form government."

- Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese on suggestions campaign spokesman Jason Clare would take over as Labor leader.

"We're not asking for (Australians) to like us we're asking for you to understand that you should have confidence in us that we know how to do our job and that we are strong."

- Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on the election not being a popularity contest.

"Nats are country people and when country people look you in the eye and shake your hand and say, 'that's a deal', then it's a deal."

- Former Nationals leader Michael McCormack on the coalition's net-zero emissions deal.

REAL PEOPLE

"Morrison only mentioned the opposition I think twice in his speech, which was good because you want them to be optimistic."

- Audience member at the prime minister's Rockhampton chamber of commerce address.

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